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Kia Pop Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

When the Paris Motor Show opens up next month, Kia will roll out a new battery-powered commuter concept.

Thus far, Kia has only released a few details about its door-stop-shaped Pop Concept, including its sub-10-foot length and its three-seat layout. Interestingly, Kia has gone with a bench seat layout, with the driver on the left rather than a central driver layout like the Gordon Murray-designed T.25 uses. For a tiny car like this, it would seem like putting the driver in the middle would be more space efficient, allowing the driver to be shifted forward between the front wheels for better legroom. Perhaps Kia is going for a more traditional motoring experience, or they may have some other spacial tricks up their sleeves.

Either way, it's too early to tell if the Pop electric vehicle concept is a precursor to Kia's future styling, but this is certainly a different look. Check out the images in our high-res gallery below and visit the jump for the Korean automaker's official – and very short – press release.



[Source: Kia]

PRESS RELEASE:

ELECTRIC KIA POP CONCEPT TO SPARK INTEREST AT PARIS

Kia Motors will continue its tradition of unveiling convention-challenging and design-led concept vehicles at motor shows when it reveals an all-new electric concept car at the Paris Motor Show on the 30th September.

Called the 'POP', Kia's latest concept car boasts zero-emissions – whilst in use – and at three metres long, yet with a three seat layout, brings innovative design chic and dramatic styling to the city car segment.

Further information will be released in due course. The 2010 Paris Motor Show runs from the 30th September to the 17th October

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      • 3 Months Ago
      The bench seat has a hella curve in it though.
      And it looks like a rear seat behind the passenger side from that top down view.
      Really - this is a different body shape - but the space plan looks very much like toyota's iQ packaging, sans the fourth smaller seat behind the driver.

      I hope that as the korean makers go from value prospects to full fledged fighters in the different car segments, they do not lose their zeal to be bold and innovate at breakneck speed.
      It's what got them to where they are.
        • 3 Months Ago
        I realized I did not really connect my thought process above.

        What I was thinking is that hopefully from kia a production model based on this concept might actually show up sooner rather than later.
      • 3 Months Ago
      This is a cool-looking little device.

      And I use the word "device" intentionally, because that's what it strikes me as, particularly with those matte black accents, which look like they're lifted from a piece of consumer electronics.

      And I'd say it looks a little more convincingly car-like than the Smart or the iQ...
      • 3 Months Ago
      To me this car design is good because it means Kia's design group (led by Chief Designer Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi Motors) is pushing the limits to be innovative and different. Kia has always aimed at Toyota and Honda with more and better of what people want, while keeping their costs lower and the buyer's costs lower. They are on a great roll now, I say keep working on this or something somewhat like it, Kia. Bravo! I might even be interested in one of them, though I need 4 doors on my cars.
      • 3 Months Ago
      I would drive it, especially if they maintained this appearance. Unfortunately the concept car is never anything like the appearance of the final thing. :(
        • 3 Months Ago
        Agreed! It's so exhausting getting excited about something that is dynamic and different, only to be disappointed when the final production vehicle comes out and it looks like every other boring car on the market. My money goes to the first company who can deliver something unique that keeps true to the spirit of the design that the concept promises, not only outside, but inside as well!
      • 3 Months Ago
      Innovation is a great thing for design and life because it's about driving change. Thought you might like this great time lapse video Kia Canada shot in an urban community garden in Toronto, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13x4lySlXW4. Enjoy!

      Gigi
      @kiadrivechange
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      • 3 Months Ago
      Hopefully, they'll use bicycle components and keep the weight way down. Of course, the aerodynamic drag on this thing is the real killer. Open wheel wells and lack of a boat tail/belly pan means it's good to look at but a poor performer in actual practice.
      • 3 Months Ago
      drugs are bad, mkay
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